Living life differently

Currently based in NSW, Australia focused on Higher Education leadership and governance alongside researching with a great team at UNSW and learning the lingo!

Applying and adapting learning from a PHD in Leadership Development through Lancaster University (UK) building practices to liberate and democratise psychological safety.

For 6 years (09-15) I was based in Nepal, S Asia working globally on several sector-level Higher Education transformation programs. In parallel I supported a S Asian MNE through a strategic planning process to implement stabilised growth, enabled various SMEs in transition and ran a host of INGO interventions.

Prior to this I was based in the UK (2002-09) running large and small scale consultancy programs in the environment, education and heritage sectors providing a range of professional and business development programs culminating in a senior position driving the enterprise agenda of a UK university. This was interspersed with chunks of time in E Africa on emergent education systems; completing an MA in Develeopment Training and keeping playful leading trekking groups in Asia, Africa and S America.

The early years are grounded in my love of the outdoors – all things mountain: a Biology degree at Sussex (BSc Hons 2.1) focused on population and conservation ecology; the good part of a decade living in some of Europe’s wild places almost incidentally setting up new enterprises in the French Alps and Jersey; to southern Germany and New Zealand re-applying skills as a teacher and corporate trainer.

Countries worked in

Australia, UK, New Zealand, France, Germany, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Brazil, Peru, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Taiwan, Qatar, UAE, Kenya, Southern Sudan, Somaliland, Morocco

big thanks to Henry Rollins for the reminder to keep living life differently

Curious about the company name, Korakoru?

As with many things in life, it’s a game of two halves. Two things that have meaning for me:
Kora – Buddhists perform a kora as a type of meditation to find inner calm – it’s a circumambulation, a walk around a place of meaning and significance.
Koru – Maori’s understand the koru as a spiral shape based on the unfurling fern. It signifies new life, growth, strength and peace.